As the industry recovery takes shape, airlines are seeking ever-greater efficiencies to regain strength and re-connect the world.
Three areas stand out:
- Safety—always the industry’s top priority
- Cost Reduction—more vital than following the devastating impact of the pandemic
- Environment—climate change is increasing in importance by the day.
Star Navigation Systems—a leading-edge technology, publicly traded Canadian company—is focused on aerospace solutions that address these very issues.
To improve safety, the Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) will come into force in 2023. Driven by the tragic accidents involving Air France AF447 and Malaysian Airlines MH370, GADSS mandates the live tracking of aircraft. Aircraft must report every 15 minutes and when in distress every minute automatically and autonomously. For all practical purposes, this means using satellite communication.
The STAR-A.D.S system meets and surpasses GADSS requirements, providing aircraft in distress identification in real time. It tracks an aircraft’s position through the Iridium satellite network with updates as frequently as every 30 seconds worldwide.
But the system is the basis for so much more, including cost reduction.
Imagine, for example, being able to monitor the health of the aircraft in real time, including the performance of engines. By extracting critical operational data, airlines have all the information they need to optimize their fleet and network. It leads to predictive maintenance as operators are notified immediately when a part fails, saving significant maintenance costs later on.
“Services such as engine condition monitoring, fuel analytics, and flight data monitoring provide opportunities for real savings when data can drive optimal decision-making,” says Amir Bhatti, CEO, Star Navigation.
Fuel analytics also leads to fuel savings and that means fewer carbon emissions. This is a vital development as every incremental step takes aviation a bit closer to its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
“Rather than invest millions in engine improvements or redesigning wings why not think about truly measuring operational improvements that can gain significant carbon reductions or reduce fuel burn?” asks Bhatti. “All of this can be done at a much lower cost and all while implementation can be achieved in weeks, not years.”
Carbon calculations—which enable to airlines to work out their carbon credits—like all the other data from the STAR A.D.S. system, is instantly viewable on a user-friendly dashboard. This centralized database includes weather overlays, real-time distance measuring tools, flight replay and analysis, and end of flight reports for all operational departments at an airline.
“This is not about just adding cost to an operation through another service.,” says Bhatti. “This is an opportunity for the industry to take a closer look at technological enhancements that can improve not only profitability but also a step-change in how analytics contribute to better decision making with respect to environmental impact and increasing operational efficiency.
“Doing nothing with STAR or any other service provider is a missed opportunity on cost management,” he concludes. ““This in turn allows an airline, for example, to use real aircraft data as business information to show how it has improved fuel burn and cut emissions.”